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Name: daletedder
Date registered: March 3, 2012
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  1. 100 Godly Men: A Tale of Two Paths — November 20, 2014
  2. 100 Godly Men: The Faith and Courage of Hobbits — November 18, 2014
  3. 100 Godly Men: Longing for Home — November 15, 2014
  4. 100 Godly Men: Coming Soon: 100 Godly Men — November 6, 2014
  5. Pursuing Godly Manhood: Men Standing Firm — November 1, 2014

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Nov 20 2014

100 Godly Men: A Tale of Two Paths

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/11/20/a-tale-of-two-paths/


This blog does not officially begin until January 1, 2015. However, I thought I would periodically recycle some old devotions here until that time. Enjoy.

If you turn your ear to wisdom (Proverbs 2:2), apply your heart to understanding (Prov. 2:2), call out for insight (Prov. 2:3), and cry aloud for understanding (Prov. 2:3), then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God (Prov. 2:5).

Why? Because the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6).  Not only that, but the LORD holds victory in store for the upright, and is a shield to those whose walk is blameless (Prov. 2:7) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones (Prov. 2:8).

Why is the Lord telling us this? Because only then will we understand what is right and just and fair – every good path (Prov. 2:9).

This matters much because such wisdom, knowledge, discretion, and understanding will protect and guard you (Prov. 2:10-11) from those who are wicked (Prov. 2:12) and those who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways (Prov. 2:12-13). The followers of the crooked path delight in doing wrong, rejoice in the perverseness of evil, and are devious in their ways (Prov. 2:12-15). If you follow such as these you will not return to the paths of life (Prov. 2:19).

Led Zeppelin sang it: “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road [path] you’re on.”

My addendum: But you don’t know how long you have to make that change. Make the right choice. And do it now. Amen.

PS – Hopefully all of the posts that I’ve written on grace will clear me of any charges that I’m suggesting we “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps through our own efforts.” I’m just walking with you to discover and then to stay upon the right path… as we find it described in Proverbs 2.


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Nov 18 2014

100 Godly Men: The Faith and Courage of Hobbits

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/11/18/the-faith-and-courage-of-hobbits/

833142This blog does not officially begin until January 1, 2015. However, I thought I would periodically recycle some old devotions here until that time. Enjoy.

Among the characteristics we could cite, our forbearers in the faith had at least two qualities about them that enabled them to stand up against great odds. These loved ones of the covenant had faith and courage.

There appears to be a lack in our day of both. More often than I care to think about, doubt and fear have won the day and left God’s saints in a puddle of impotence and despair. I know this has been true of my own life. But this ought never be the case for God’s people.

When Moses sent an expedition to Canaan to explore what awaited God’s children in the land of promise, the report confirmed all that God had promised – it was lush and flowed with milk and honey…as advertised. But there was a catch. There was also quite an obstacle before them. In the land there were also “giants” who made the Israelites seem like hobbits in a land of orcs. The report from the expedition team was that, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13:33).

But this wasn’t a unanimous report. For in Numbers 13:30 we read:

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

Caleb had faith in God and in his covenant promises, and therefore, could be as courageous as Frodo and Sam in Mordor.

David faced similar circumstances later on in redemptive history…with a similar response. As the Israelites shook in their sandals before the great Goliath and the Philistine horde, the young shepherd boy looked on in bewilderment. In what seemed like arrogance at worst and naiveté at best, this “king-to-be” just couldn’t understand why his people had not already taken the uncircumcised behemoth apart – especially in light of Goliath’s jeering and insolence before the living God. David queried:

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)

And so like Caleb before him, David volunteered to take Goliath on. So what if he seemed like a grasshopper before this giant of a man – all nine feet of him. David drew courage from his faith in the One who had never failed him before.

Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:36-37)

With faith and courage David faced the giant, and the rest as we say, is history. What was the foundation for such faith and courage in the lives of Caleb and David? We are told in Jeremiah 1:8 and 19.

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Caleb and David knew in their day what God told Jeremiah in his. That is, that God’s people will be opposed…that’s a given. We will seem like grasshoppers in comparison. The “apparent” odds will be overwhelmingly against us. But God calls the weak, poor, small, seemingly insignificant hobbits of this world to serve as his subjects – his knights – to advance his Kingdom – even in the face of the enemy (perhaps especially so).

What are the obstacles you are facing? Is anything greater than the covenant-making, covenant-keeping Lord of Glory? It is this very God who promised never to forsake us. That in itself is our grounds for faith and courage – in the midst of insurmountable odds.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Cor. 16:13)

Grace and Truth,

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Nov 15 2014

100 Godly Men: Longing for Home

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/11/15/longing-for-home/

ws_Good_Morning_Sun_1152x864This blog does not officially begin until January 1, 2015. However, I thought I would periodically recycle some old devotions here until that time. Enjoy.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Great saints of God have beautifully, if feebly, attempted to capture the height and depth and weight of such a majestic verse as this. In his Confessions, Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Pascal’s oft-quoted words that people have a God-shaped vacuum in their hearts that only God can fill strike a similar note.

We do have a longing in our hearts for eternity – or better – for the God of eternity. Perhaps C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, best expressed this great desire of our hearts. He wrote:

In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness… I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each of one of you – the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence… We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name.

The books or music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire, but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing in itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”

Eternity has been placed in our hearts by the King of eternity. Our longing is a homesickness of sorts. For though this is our Father’s world and was created good, it is now fallen. And when touched by the Holy Spirit we can no longer be content with the things of this world alone… things that are temporal and destined to fade away.

Perhaps some do not experience such a longing for their true homeland because their hearts and minds are not yet set on things above where Christ our King is seated. Perhaps the ravages of sin have so inflicted their hearts and minds that a shadow has veiled their sight. We can only pray that the same sovereign Spirit who touched us and re-created us will do the same for others.

In the end, there is no end, for we were created for eternity. We are pilgrims and aliens in a foreign land who long for the City of God, not built with human hands, but eternal in the heavens.

May the longing of our hearts for things unseen serve as our true north, that we might one day return Home.

Grace and Truth,

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Nov 06 2014

100 Godly Men: Coming Soon: 100 Godly Men

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/11/06/coming-soon-100-godly-men/

This new blog is slated to be launched on January 1, 2015, Lord willing.

Until then, please check out the about page to learn more about it.

Finally, my primary website, Men Standing Firm, is up and running and has lots of good resources to help men who are pursuing godly manhood.

Until January,

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Nov 01 2014

Pursuing Godly Manhood: Men Standing Firm

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/11/01/men-standing-firm/

About Men Standing Firm Men who stand firm in the faith are what I call Kingdom Disciples. They are men who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and pursue godly manhood in every sphere of life. Such men are, I contend, the real counterculture in our world today. I put this website together to explore what […]

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Jan 02 2014

Pursuing Godly Manhood: Recently Updated at DaleTedder.com

Original post at http://godlymanhood.me/2014/01/02/recently-updated-at-daletedder-com-2/

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